Kristina W. Supler is a leader within the Criminal, Cyber & White Collar practice group at McCarthy Lebit. Through the years, she has represented individuals and entities domestically and abroad. Kristina has developed a practice based on the core values of diligence, formulating creative case strategies, and client communication. She manages client matters with a team approach to ensure that the client receives a coordinated and multi-faceted defense.
Kristina handles a variety of criminal defense matters ranging from complex white collar offenses to sexual offenses to routine felony and misdemeanor offenses. Some of her representative client matters include internet crime and technology offenses, bank fraud, mortgage fraud, tax evasion, and theft offenses. Recognizing that those subject to a criminal investigation often face broader issues implicating work place and family matters, Kristina coordinates with attorneys from different practice groups within the firm to build a customized defense team that will serve and protect all of her client’s interests.
Kristina’s criminal defense experience also lends itself to work within the firm’s education practice. She represents students involved in academic disciplinary matters and Title IX proceedings. Kristina understands the harm that can result from a mere allegation, let alone a finding of responsibility. With an extensive background representing individuals charged with sexual offenses, Kristina has a keen ability to focus on the evidence that really matters when allegations of sexual misconduct occur. She works with students and experts to frame pertinent issues, identify and interview possible witnesses, and build effective defenses.
In addition to trial work, Kristina maintains a robust appellate practice. She has written and argued appeals in appellate courts throughout Ohio and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Her appellate advocacy has enabled previously convicted individuals serving extended sentences to have their convictions vacated without retrial or further prosecution.
Kristina believes that open communication is the key to successful representation of a client. Her calm demeanor helps clients and their loved ones navigate challenging circumstances. Kristina works to build a relationship founded upon trust in order to help the client feel as comfortable as possible with the legal process. She also maintains credibility with opposing counsel due to her candor.
In 2013, Kristina was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (“NACDL”), which is the preeminent criminal defense organization in the country with nearly 10,000 general members. In addition to being one of only 35 board members, Kristina is an active member of the NACDL White Collar Committee and the Sixth Circuit Amicus Committee. Within the Cleveland area, she serves as an appointed board member for the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Association.
Kristina is a nationally published author and speaker. She has authored a variety of criminal defense articles for national publications. Her lectures address topics such as sentencing strategies and the defense of computer-related offenses. Kristina has been named an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star, which is an honor reserved for only the top 2% of lawyers in Ohio under the age of 40.